Michael Lacey And Jim Larkin Differ With Donald Trump’s Pardoning Of Joe Arpaio

Arpaio’s scandal is one of the longest-running sagas. Its ruling eventually closed the chapter. The saga included the despicable arrests of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who owned the Phoenix New Times.

Under their stewardship, the New Times persistently featured and uncovered the scandals of the 24-year reign of the sheriff. Ten years after he was jailed, the officer, Michael Lacey gave a brief appraisal of his rival.

Lacey said that pardoning Joe Arpaio was a flawed act by Donald Trump. He added that both Joe and Donald publicly promoted racism and torture. According to Lacey, the former’s six terms in office were mere low-lights. He highlighted the poor jail conditions, specifically the concentration camp, inmate suicides, and deaths.

Additionally, Lacey talked about the unlawful use of over 100 million dollars of jail funds. He mentioned the hundreds of sexual crimes on children, most of which followed poor investigations, and the Melendres v. Arpaio that resulted from the harassment of Latinos. This case led to Arpaio’s criminal conviction.

Lacey felt that the justice system had failed. Arpaio turned 85. He could still have been jailed even if Trump had not stepped in. This ended up in contempt of court since Arpaio ignored an instruction of the judge.

Lacey felt that Arpaio should have been held accountable for the many deaths he caused, the hundreds of tortured inmates and the abused prisoners. Lacey believed that this derailed and affected human careers and lives. Occasionally, in October 2007, Larkin and Lacey were taken downtown handcuffed. They were, therefore, the best people to describe Arpaio’s sins.

About Arpaio

He was elected in 1992 after some modest reforms. After his re-election, He forced inmates to wear pink pants and torn jumpsuits. He fed them on rotten fruits and green bologna, while some female gangs were forced to clean the county roads. Verbal abuse, sadism, and corruption rocked his reign.

Abuse, sadism, and corruption

Jails were overcrowded; pregnant women shacked to their beds as they delivered, and prisoners endured mistreatment. There were many wrongful deaths, such as that of a diabetic woman who went into a coma after being denied her medication. Jailer’s riots, misuse of authority and forgery were the order of the day.

Arpaio banned New Times’ reporters because of the ceaseless attention they gave the ills. He also ignored requests for county documents and records and threatened to arrest reporters. It was, therefore, unquestionable that Lacey and Larkin had been detained illegally.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Jim Larkin collaborated with Michael Lacey and started the Phoenix News Times. Lacey was the executive editor, while Larkin was the head of advertising. The paper was free and explored political and social issues, hence its popularity.

On 18 October 2007, Larkin and Lacey were arrested in their homes. They were jailed after the jury targeted the editors and marketers of the paper. The subpoenas felt that these two had insulted the Constitution of the United States. Joe Arpaio, an anti-immigrant officer, instigated their arrest.

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The American Institute of Architects Has Come A Long Way since its Launch in 1857

     In 1857, 13 architects got together and created an organization to represent architects in the construction and design industry including both professional and licensed architects. They called this new organization, the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Today, the AIA consists of 90,000 members and 260 branches scattered throughout the world, with their main headquarters currently based out of Washington, DC.

On February 1, 2011, the Institute appointed one of their own fellow board members, previously a Chief Executive Officer/vice president of McGraw-Hill Construction, Robert Ivy, to Executive Vice President of the AIA.


Who is Robert Ivy

Born in Columbus, Mississippi, Robert Ivy is an architect who obtained his masters from Tulane University in Louisiana, and his bachelor of arts in Sewanee University of the South, in Tennessee. What is more, in 1993, Ivy was welcomed to the AIA College of Fellows.

Basically, Ivy’s journey began 1n 1981. While working as a critic for numerous global publications, Ivy also took a job at Dean/Dale, as a principal.

In 1996 Ivy became the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record Magazine in charge of 33 publications, both digital and print. As a result of Ivy’s enthusiasm and great leadership skills, Architectural Magazine was able to achieve multiple honors and awards in the publishing industry.

Later, Ivy moved on and became the Chief Executive Officer/vice president of McGraw-Hill. Furthermore, in 1998 his excellent management skills were recognized and Ivy received the McGraw-Hill award.

Subsequently, in 2008, Ivy picked up the Website of the year award. Thus, due to all his contributions as an excellent editor in the media business, he also received the G.D. Crain Award in 2009. Moreover, in 2010, the highly prestigious National architectural fraternity called, “Alpha Rho Chi”, named him a Master Architect in recognition of his skilled approach to portraying the value of design. Ultimately, this was a huge honor for Ivy as he was among seven other iconic master architects to receive this award within the past 100 years of the fraternity’s history.

All the while, Ivy continued to remain a loyal member of the AIA Board of Directors and on Feb 1, 2011, he was appointed Vice President of the firm.

Now, Ivy manages the company’s main establishment based in Washington, DC, with an annual budget of over $55 million, and approximately 206 employees.

What’s more is, Ivy continues to take part in many aspects of the architectural design field as he is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and was privileged to be one of the jurors who assigned Frank Gehry as the architect to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Hence, he frequently speaks to the public about the important role that architecture plays in our lives and even wrote the definitive biography Fay Jones: Architect that AIA helped publish and is currently working on a third edition to add to the collection.

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former heads of the Phoenix New Times, recently spoke against President Donald Trump’s recent pardoning of ex-Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio – a move that became official with the approval of U.S. District Court Judge, Sharon R. Bolton.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey echoed the sentiments felt by many of the citizens of Maricopa County when he referred to President Trump’s and Joe Arpaio’s collusion as “the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals.”

Throughout his six-term reign, Joe Arpaio was directly responsible for the harassment of Latinos in the area and sub-par or nonexistent criminal investigations, as well as a number of deplorable conditions that were rampant throughout his jail, which was often referred to as “tent city,” or in his own words, “ my concentration camp.”

As the Vietnam War continued to claim the lives of U.S. soldiers, protests calling for its end continued to mount throughout the country, making the need for alternative news a growing priority amongst many of its citizens, particularly college students. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who had already dropped out of Arizona State University, decided to join the protest in the wake of the Kent State Killings, in order to consolidate the voices of the population who had not taken to the conservative nature of traditional news media outlets. In the fall of 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, joined by a few like-minded individuals who wanted to be a part of the movement, distributed the inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times.

After a short period, the free weekly newspaper proved to be a resounding success, gaining the support of the anti-war population in the area. As the Phoenix New Times began to grow, with Michael Lacey acting as the Executive Editor, and Jim Larkin garnering support through his staunch marketing techniques, so did the coverage. The implementation of satirical cartoons, as well as the coverage of social nuances and culture, proved to be a major addition to Phoenix New Times.

In the early 1980’s, Jim and Michael executed the acquisition of Westword – a new-and-arts weekly that catered to the alternative audience that the duo had so successfully cultivated in the Phoenix area. Rapid expansion followed this acquisition, and eventually, the New Times became home to 17 separate but like-minded publications, stretching their reach from coast to coast in the United States.

The acquisition of the Village Voice proved to be their most successful and fruitful venture, and it eventually became the powerhouse of the alternative news community. After four decades of running New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey sold the company to several executives that had been with the company for a number of years.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey currently focus most of their energy on protecting the constitutional rights of minorities, particularly Latinos in the Phoenix area through their Frontera Fund, which was created after their court victory against Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.